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Posted on September 28th, 2011 by IMPACT in Allies, Youth Blog. No Comments

The Center on Halsted continued its yearlong SpeakOUT series Sept. 22 with “Hip Hop on the Down Low,” a free performance and panel discussion featuring four openly queer hip-hop artists.
After an energetic spoken-word performance from emcee Sage Morgan-Hubbard, IMPACT’s very own Lou Bigelow took to the stage alongside local performers Charity Taitt, Emanuel Vinson and Tim’m West for two hours of live music and thought-provoking discussion. Subject matter from the night’s performances included everything from Port-au-Prince and civil rights (from the quick-witted Taitt) to pop culture and double standards (Vinson’s multimedia tracks). Homophobia and acceptance were pervasive themes.

Here’s a rap-quote from Lou:
“Human sexuality is like a ghost/if it’s not straight, it’s invisible to most.” Turning to the audience, he asked: “Why does it matter who’s in my bed? It’s your turn to think about what I just said.”

You can check-out the rest of this article from the Windy City Times.





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